Maurizio Sarri
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The big one is almost here. Chelsea, against Manchester United, at Stamford Bridge. We’re not sure whose bright idea it was to make this a lunchtime kick-off, but Eden Hazard won’t let the timing of the fixture ruin the spectacle.

Maurizio Sarri has been granted a unique opportunity. He can hammer one of the final nails into Jose Mourinho’s managerial coffin, in front of the crowd that used to adore the United boss.

Sarri has to get his team selection right. Mourinho is a big-game manager – he lives for games like this. A chance to cause an upset and end his former side’s unbeaten record will have him licking his lips.

We don’t expect Sarri to make major changes to his starting eleven. As reported in our injury round-up ahead of the game, Ross Barkley is carrying a knock. Mateo Kovacic will likely get the nod in that third midfield position, with Olivier Giroud keeping his place in attack.

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